Out of the Abundance of the Heart

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Building People of Substance for Works of Power

Give me some Word, me and tobie.

Many years ago I had the opportunity to counsel a couple who were having marital difficulties. The husband was an ordained minister, and he made sure I was aware of his exalted status. He always wore a tie and carried a big Bible. As I am prone to do, I kept leading him back to his Bible for instruction on how to treat his wife, whom he tended to dominate. It got a little tense on several occasions as he resisted the counsel I offered by explaining her various shortcomings in meeting his needs. At the end of one particularly heated session, he slammed his Bible on the desk, leaned forward in his chair, and spat out the words, “I don’t care what the Bible says!” I laughed out loud. At least he was finally honest enough to admit it. That is the problem with most folks we counsel; they just don’t ever say it. They hear the prescription of the Scripture, then go on about their business as if nothing happened.

The awful truth of the matter is that I can never help anyone in a permanent way unless I can get them over on to the Word of God for themselves. Whether in the counseling room or in the sanctuary, it is the Word that helps people. It is the source of faith for a people that must walk by faith. It is sustenance for the spirit man who cannot live by bread alone. It is the sword in the mouth of the one who wrestles not against flesh and blood. Without it we are doomed to fear, doubt, weakness and defeat. There is no option. There are lots of things in our Christian life that are nice, but optional – comfortable seats, good music, video presentations, appealing people, bounteous buffets, and paved parking lots – but none of those is of one moment’s help in the time of trouble. You have to have the Word. If I ever forget that, I am a sorry excuse for a minister.

Scripture Reading: And he made low your pride and let you be without food and gave you manna for your food, a thing new to you, which your fathers never saw; so that he might make it clear to you that bread is not man’s only need, but his life is in every word which comes out of the mouth of the Lord. (Deuteronomy 8:3 BBE)

Somebody Said: Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face. Ronald Reagan

You can’t live the Christian life in your own power. It requires spiritual strength. The primary source of spiritual strength is the Word of God as written in the Bible. You cannot live a successful Christian life without it. It is your spirit food. God’s Word is the source of faith. You can’t have faith without it. You will never grow as a Christian without opening your Bible. It is impossible. Get on the Word!


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